Four Canisius players had multi-hit games and sophomore Jen Consaul earned the win in the circle as the Golden Griffins defeated St. Bonaventure by a score of 8-0 in six innings Tuesday evening in the backend of a non-league doubleheader in Olean, N.Y. The host Bonnies took down Canisius by a score of 6-3 in the first game. The Griffs are now 11-126 on the year while the Bonnies moved to 15-17 with the split.
Freshman Robin Kennery recorded three hits in the game two victory for the Blue and Gold, while fellow freshman Michelle DelPrince added two hits. Senior Lauren Falzone had two hits in the nightcap, highlighted by her third triple of the season and fellow senior Lizzy Gatto added two base hits as well. Consaul earned her sixth win of the season after she went the distance and allowed four hits to go with three strikeouts.
Canisius scored twice in the top of the second when DelPrince drove in two runs with a base hit to center, and the Blue and Gold stretched that lead to 5-0 with solo runs coming in the third and fourth frames. Canisius was able to end the game early with four runs in the sixth, with Gatto, senior Katie Lancellotti and sophomore Valorie Nappo all driving in runs in the frame.
In the first game, the Griffs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the opening contest, as the Blue and Gold plated two runs in the top of the first off St. Bonaventure starter Jen Sansano. Falzone got the game started by reaching base on a fielding error in centerfield, and she advanced to third base moments later on a base hit by Lancellotti. After Sansano got one of her three strikeouts on the day, Nappo drove in the first run with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line and Kennery followed with an RBI-single to left. The Bonnies added two runs in the home half of the first to knot the game at 2-2, but Canisius answered with a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
In the fifth, Lancellotti drove in the team's last run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center. St. Bonaventure took the lead for good in the bottom half of the fifth with three runs to make it a 5-3 game, and the Bonnies posted an insurance run in the sixth. Canisius senior Caroline Main took the loss in the circle for the Blue and Gold after she allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits to go with three strikeouts.Canisius will get back to MAAC play this weekend on the road with a pair of conference games at Manhattan and Saint Peter's. Canisius will take on the Jaspers in Riverdale, N.Y., Saturday, April 21, at noon and then close out the weekend at Saint Peter's in Jersey City, N.J., with action set to begin at 11 a.m.